The genius of the Daniel Plan by Rick Warren, Daniel Amen, and Mark Hyman (readers will likely only recognize the first author) is two-fold: 1) it integrates faith in to fitness and views the Christian life as having something to do with the physical world. This is often lost and this is a huge strength of the book. 2) it’s being released toward the end of the year and around the beginning of a new year, meaning every other New Year’s resolution can be tied to this book.
Honestly, I did not know what to expect. Will this be gimmicky or one giant infomercial of a book? Is this a joke or a real attempt at health? I can say that it’s no joke, but at times, you will feel overwhelmed. Why? Because the level of detail is staggering. From the list of foods, to fitness tips, to Biblical support, this book will overwhelm you at times. But, most people who pick it up are already overwhelmed and looking for help and here is where the book is different.
Chapters 7 and 8, the final two in the book, are about Friends and Lifestyle and in both chapters the idea is that we cannot do this on our own. Anyone who has ever tried to shed pounds already knows this to be true inherently, but to explicitly admit it is probably the most ‘Christian’ aspect of the Daniel Plan. The message, surprisingly, isn’t be more disciplined, but get together with your prayer supporters and commit to applying Biblical truth to all of life—even your diet and exercise parts of life. Personally, I love that the fitness plan doesn’t involve membership to a gym or purchasing massive amounts of equipment. So, the stewardship of this plan is actually possible.
Should you read this book? Frankly, that’s a good question, so let me say it this way: this book won’t waste your time and is a great reference tool whatever you decide. It’s a companion for the journey and encourages you to find more companions when attempting anything difficult.
After all, as Daniel observed, no one survives fiery furnaces alone.
(I received a copy of this book free of charge in exchange for my honest review as part of the Booksneeze program. I was not required to write anything positive)